CNN graphic: Dead TV talk show host supports travel ban fight

CNN goofed again, uses picture of deceased TV host instead of former CIA director.

It’s no wonder CNN was named the least-trusted cable news outlet.  On Monday, a Twitter user noticed something a bit odd with a graphic CNN used in one of its reports.  The graphic showed a group of former top U.S. officials the outlet said supports the fight over President Trump’s temporary travel ban.  One of those shown was John McLaughlin, but CNN didn’t use a picture of the former CIA director.  Instead, it showed a picture of a television talk show host who died last year.

Last August, the New York Times reported:

John McLaughlin, a former Roman Catholic priest who became an aide to Richard M. Nixon in the White House and parlayed his fierce defense of the president into a television career as host of “The McLaughlin Group,” the long-running Sunday morning program of combative political punditry, died on Tuesday at his home in Washington. He was 89.

This was John McLaughlin, the television host:


This is the former CIA director of the same name:


Apparently, CNN couldn’t be bothered to get this right.  To be fair, though, it’s kinda easy to see how this could happen.  They’re both white guys, after all…


No, it sure looks like they don’t.

At least the Fake News Network didn’t pick this guy:


Another Twitter user noted the obvious:


Of course, the sheep will believe whatever CNN puts out, no matter how fake or incorrect.


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